Tickets $8 in advance at www.muccc.org / $10 at the door / $8 for students and seniors


Dances at MuCCC returns for its fourth year, June 20 – 24, offering five nights of performance by more than 20 different choreographers and companies. Included are local companies BIODANCE, Hanlon Dance & Company, and Daystar/Rosalie Jones; visiting Mexican artist Norma Araiza; and work by alumni and students of Rochester’s School of the Arts.   Tickets are $8 in advance at www.muccc.org, $10 at the door or $8 for students and seniors.

The festival begins on Tuesday June 20 at 8 PM with a new duet by Missy Pfohl Smith of BIODANCE, which explores diviseness and community.  Laurie MacFarlane premieres Phantom Machine, a solo with original sound score by Karsten Brooks and props by visual artist Martha Schermerhorn.  Deuce, by Ruben Ornelas and Gina Bonati (NYC) to the music of Harris Eisenstadt, will also premiere.  Other artists include Donna Davenport, Paula J. Peters, newcomer Zhonghui Sun; and visual artist Valerie Carew (Canada). The evening includes NOISEDANCE, a solo by Bonati; and concludes with experimental music by Karsten Brooks.

Wednesday, June 21 and Friday, June 23 feature Tea Leaves, a new dance theater piece by Hanlon Dance & Company and Vertical Desire, a sextet by Katherine Marino that reflects the desire and fear inherent in life.  New artists to the festival are Amy Sullivan, Carly Cerasuolo (NYC), Marisa Garber, MaryLee Miller and Angela Lopez (Friday only).  Ornelas performs Quatro to the music of Abdullah Ibrahim, while Leigh Ann Kabatra (NYC) returns with a finely crafted quartet, Have You Invited the Aunts? BIODANCE (Wednesday only), MacFarlane, and Bonati round out the program.   

On Thursday, June 22 and Saturday, June 24, dance makers Norma Araiza and Daystar/Rosalie Jones take the stage.  The Toronto-based Araiza will show Dear Deer, a trio inspired by the traditions of the Yoemem people of Sonora, Mexico; and Daystar/Rosalie Jones will perform Napi Creates the World based on traditional Blackfeet beliefs. Curtis Stedge of Kineolab offers Body of Letters, a dynamic solo about the spectrum of human emotions. Other works are by SOTA alumni Rayla Meshawn (CA) and Jaida Degnan, and current students Ethan Beckwith-Cohen, Janalyce Lane and Neyda Colón-DiMaria.  Quirky and virtuosic Caroline Liviakis (CA) returns with a tumultuous solo. Ornelas and Bonati complete the program.

All shows begin at 8 PM; programs are subject to change

 In addition, artist-led classes and workshops will be offered Tuesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 24, 1 – 3 PM. For further information on performances and the class schedule, please visit www.muccc.org.

 Dances at MuCCC is coordinated by Laurie MacFarlane and Ruben Ornelas in conjunction with MuCCC Theater.

 This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.


OPEN CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

At Nu Movement, 716 University Avenue (entrance on Atlantic Avenue)

Tuesday, June 20  ( 1:30 – 3:00 PM )

Amy Sullivan - Modern Technique: In this class, we will be exploring athleticism and flow, beginning with a traditional modern warm-up that is influenced by yoga principles.


Wednesday, June 21  ( 1:30 – 3:00 PM )

Eran Hanlon - Movement Improvisation: This class is based in Forsythe Improvisational Technologies.


Thursday, June 22  ( 1:30 – 3:30 PM )

Donna Davenport - Combining Improv', Comp', and Performance: For any artists who like to move, this workshop playfully explores improvisation, composition, and performance separately before putting them together. At the end, time will be devoted to chatting about creative experiments and interpretation.


Friday, June 23  ( 1:30 – 3:30 PM )

Norma Araiza - Finding Your Animal’s Medicine: This workshop focuses on physical theatre techniques to explore, through the body, your animal's medicine.  The indigenous medicine in the Americas is an all-encompassing "way of life," for it involves walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe. Our fellow creatures, the animals, exhibit patterns that relay messages of healing to anyone who wants to listen. These gifts are free. In reality, each animal has hundreds of lessons to teach us and all of those lessons are powers that can be called upon. No dance/physical theatre training required. The class will adapt to the participants abilities.


Saturday June 24  ( 1:30 – 3:30 PM )

Gina Bonati - Dance and Voice; Sounding and Moving: Finding breath in our individual bodies; listening to, hearing and feeling the breath of a room and others in the room; working with the subjective, individual body/instrument of the self, we will listen and feel breath and release sighs into soundings; small releases of physical movement that develop into larger gesture and dancing to include speech and song.


$10 suggested donation at the door for all classes and workshops / Click  HERE  to make your donation online

For more info on the festival, including performance schedule, and artist bios, visit www.muccc.org or FB events Dances at MuCCC 2017

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.